PhD position: Development of tools for the analysis of the stability of offshore AC grids and gri...

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)- BarcelonaTECH
September 08 2017
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InnoDC is a European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. ETNs provide training through doctoral research to talented early stage researchers (ESRs). InnoDC ESRs will enrol on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a network of universities and industry with expertise in offshore wind power generation and supply. Through 15 ESR research projects, InnoDC will address the technical challenges linked to the development of offshore grids and hybrid AC/DC systems. Four of them will conduct the doctorate in the UPC. Further information on the overall project can be found at

This is a unique opportunity to study for a doctoral degree in a network of wind power and power systems experts from academia and industry. We are therefore looking for high qualified and motivated candidates with the skills, background knowledge and enthusiasm to help the network make important research breakthroughs.

Development of tools for the analysis of the stability of offshore AC grids and grids rich in power electronic converters

To analyse electrical resonance instability phenomenon in Wind Power Plants (WPPs) from the positive-net-damping stability criterion in order to contribute with a custom software tool for studying this concern. This software will be based on the study of WPP scenarios to obtain simple but accurate WPP equivalent circuits which allow characterizing analytically resonance frequencies and the study of the VSC non-passive behaviour frequency range from the VSC modelling. Subsequently, a general methodology based on electric circuit analysis will be developed to address the stability problem for all WPP scenarios and take into account converters interaction.

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